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Synonyms for defer
dɪˈfɜrde·fer

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. defer

    To protract is to cause to occupy a longer time than is usual, expected, or desirable. We defer a negotiation which we are slow to enter upon; we protract a negotiation which we are slow to conclude; delay may be used of any stage in the proceedings; we may delay a person as well as an action, but defer and protract are not used of persons. Elongate is not used of actions or abstractions, but only of material objects or extension in space; protract is very rarely used of concrete objects or extension in space; we elongate a line, protract a discussion. Protract has usually an unfavorable sense, implying that the matter referred to is already unduly long, or would be so if longer continued; continue is neutral, applying equally to the desirable or the undesirable. Postpone implies a definite intention to resume, as defer also does, though less decidedly; both are often used with some definite limitation of time; as, to postpone till, until, or to a certain day or hour. One may defer, delay, or postpone a matter intelligently and for good reason; he procrastinates through indolence and irresolution. Compare HINDER.

    Synonyms:
    continue, delay, draw out, elongate, extend, lengthen, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, protract

    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, conclude, contract, curtail, hasten, hurry, limit, reduce, shorten

    Preposition:
    To protract a speech by verbosity, through an unreasonable time, to, till, or until a late hour.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. defer

    Synonyms:
    delay, postpone, waive, adjourn, prorogue, put off, retard, procrastinate, protract, hinder, prolong

    Antonyms:
    expedite, hasten, quicken, press, urge, hurry, overdrive, despatch

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"

    Synonyms:
    put back, put over, elude, circumvent, set back, turn off, confuse, sidestep, dishearten, remand, give in, remit, parry, dodge, bow, send back, tabulate, accede, flurry, prorogue, hedge, put off, evade, tabularise, table, tabularize, carry over, postpone, duck, slacken, shelve, hold over, disconcert, knock back, get across, fudge, submit, skirt

  2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give inverb

    yield to another's wish or opinion

    "The government bowed to the military pressure"

    Synonyms:
    put over, set back, put forward, buckle under, crouch, pass on, relegate, put in, resign, take, bow, give in, state, subject, remit, acquiesce, reconcile, accede, prorogue, assent, knuckle under, put off, bend, render, table, present, yield, postpone, posit, shelve, enter, hold over, succumb, bow down, stoop, submit

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. deferverb

    Synonyms:
    postpone, delay, adjourn, procrastinate, put off, stave off, let lie over

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "defer":

    postpone, reporter, delay, adjourn, differ, postponement, refer

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How to use defer in a sentence?

  1. Eric Adams:

    At the precinct level, someone comes in for a petty theft, we're at the policing level, you identify that they have a mental health issue, instead of locking them up -- let's defer prosecution, let's have a local community-based organization that deals with mental health illnesses handle it right at the precinct -- that's the coordination that we need, there's no reason to put someone( with) mental health illness in Rikers Island, Rikers Island's Rikers Island.

  2. Michael Madden:

    People who are nominally her superiors most likely defer to her.

  3. Charles Caleb Colton:

    We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

  4. Linda Duessel:

    A lot of companies who pay dividends and can no longer afford them are more likely to suspend or defer than those who have the culture to say 'This is one of the most important things to our shareholder base,'.

  5. Chief Executive Robert Martin:

    Our general approach has been to talk about a three-month deferral where we maybe defer around half of their rent and then have them pay back whenever their strong period is later in the year.


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